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Ted on C'quiddick: Not drunk, not romantic
Politico ^ | September 3, 2009 | Glenn Thrush

Posted on 09/04/2009 1:18:13 AM PDT by BradtotheBone

Daily Newser Dave Saltonstall gets an advance copy of Ted Kennedy's posthumously-released memoir "True Compass" -- in which the Massachusetts senator used the platform to defend his inexplicable decision to abandon Mary Jo Kopechne after his car plunged off the bridge.

Among the other revelations: A nine-year-old Teddy hid under the bunk at a private school in the Bronx because he was afraid of being sexually abused by the dorm master -- and the senator claims he was cajoled into cheating on a Spanish test at Harvard by a buddy and didn't hatch the scheme that resulted in his expulsion.

Salty:

"That night on Chappaquiddick Island ended in a horrible tragedy that haunts me every day of my life," Kennedy wrote in "True Compass," his much anticipated memoir, published by Twelve. The new book does not go beyond Kennedy's original chronology, which he gave in a 1970 investigation. It's a timeline that begins with a house party hosted by former Robert F. Kennedy campaign staffers, and ends in the murky waters off Chappaquiddick's Dike Bridge.

But Kennedy does open up about his feelings over the night, and he tries to set straight what he calls enduring false speculation about him and Kopechne.

"We had no romantic relationship whatsoever," he wrote flatly. He insists they were getting weepy over RFK's assassination the year before, and both decided to leave the party.

Although he acknowledges some pre-dinner cocktails that night, Kennedy doesn't blame alcohol - just that he was lost on an unfamiliar part of the island.

Kennedy admits that he was not proud of the 10 hours it took him to report the accident - a period during which skeptics believe Kennedy worked feverishly to cover his tracks.

But he concludes that his brain was addled by concussion, exhaustion, shock and panic - as well as the knowledge that the accident would hurt him politically.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: bookreview; chapaquiddick; kennedy; memoir; tedkennedy; truecompass

1 posted on 09/04/2009 1:18:13 AM PDT by BradtotheBone
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To: BradtotheBone

I’ll wait a week and pick it up for 99¢ in the remainder bin.


2 posted on 09/04/2009 1:21:08 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: BradtotheBone

What a load of BS....... Sef-serving posthumous rewriting of history.


3 posted on 09/04/2009 1:21:19 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: BradtotheBone
Wandering off from a car crash resulted in a felony conviction of a New Hampshire Congressional aspirant and 20 days in jail and the balance of a year under house arrest, and he didn't even kill anyone.

It must be good to be a Kennedy.

4 posted on 09/04/2009 1:36:15 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: potlatch

5 posted on 09/04/2009 2:08:27 AM PDT by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . . . . KILLAGRAM@WHITEHOUSE.GOV . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

Whatever happened to the YTedK website? That was the handiest thing for all things Teddy K.


6 posted on 09/04/2009 2:13:38 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: BradtotheBone

His brain was adled by more then alchol!


7 posted on 09/04/2009 2:14:49 AM PDT by Americanwolf ("Mary Jo Kopechne finally gets to face Ted, on her ground")
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To: BradtotheBone
" Kennedy admits that he was not proud of the 10 hours it took him to report the accident - a period during which skeptics believe Kennedy worked feverishly to cover his tracks. But he concludes that his brain was addled by concussion, exhaustion, shock and panic - as well as the knowledge that the accident would hurt him politically.

What a lying POS. He was more concerned about sobering up while Mary Jo Kopechne clawed at the floor of the car for 9 of those hours before she suffocated. There's no way he could NOT have heard her frantic movements as he walked away, leaving her to die.
This leaves everyone with half a brain to reach one conclusion, that her MURDERED her, possibly to cover up an attempted, or completed rape. It wasn't an accident at all.

The rest is typical of an alcoholic's denial that they have a drinking problem, a problem we have all seen over and over again when Ted Kennedy treated the American public to his occasional drunken, slurred rants on the senate floor.

There is no doubt at all that as the book of life was opened and read while drunken Ted- probably sober for the first time in his adult life- stood before God, all his lies and unrepentant sinning and blasphemy was revealed, and his soul was flicked into the burning lake of sulfer- the second death- to burn forevermore.

8 posted on 09/04/2009 2:15:45 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: BradtotheBone

“Although he acknowledges some pre-dinner cocktails that night, Kennedy doesn’t blame alcohol - just that he was lost on an unfamiliar part of the island....Kennedy admits that he was not proud of the 10 hours it took him to report the accident - a period during which skeptics believe Kennedy worked feverishly to cover his tracks.”

One of the more outlandish theories about Chappaquiddick I’ve heard was put forth by Bill Kurtis (the guy who had those American Justice shows on A&E). He posited a scenario where Mary Jo could have been the actual driver, and that Kennedy might have been merely a passenger. I forget the rationale for this theory...not that it matters, cause I ain’t buying it.


9 posted on 09/04/2009 2:24:25 AM PDT by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: BradtotheBone

My understanding of the party was that it involved a lot of alcohol and partying, and all the men were married, but none of the female campaign workers were. None of the men’s wives were present at the party. Draw your own conclusions.


10 posted on 09/04/2009 2:39:49 AM PDT by ikka (Brother, you asked for it!)
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To: BradtotheBone

“We had no romantic relationship whatsoever,”

..... I believe that. Kennedy was simply drunk and horny that night.

I also loved the bit about how he was “lured” into the cheating scheme at Harvard. Oh, please, what a pile of self-serving rationalization.

The man remained a moral coward to his last breath IMO.


11 posted on 09/04/2009 2:52:13 AM PDT by Senator John Blutarski (The progress of government: republic, democracy, technocracy, bureaucracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy,)
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To: BradtotheBone

Human Events took a picture at the time which showed the road he had to leave, by turning, in order to get onto the small lane leading to the bridge. The main road to the ferry clearly turned to the left. No sober person would have chosen to turn off the main road unless they had no intention of going to the ferry.


12 posted on 09/04/2009 2:52:16 AM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: BradtotheBone

This man is a liar. He has been a liar his entire life.


13 posted on 09/04/2009 2:56:46 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: the_Watchman

Right, he was taking Maryjo to the beach for a midnight
shag. Ted, a Kennedy horndog in the family tradition.


14 posted on 09/04/2009 2:58:53 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: BradtotheBone
Autobiographies should always go in the fiction section. Anything written by a Kennedy should go in the fantasy section.
15 posted on 09/04/2009 3:13:53 AM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism enslaves you & kills your soul.)
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To: BradtotheBone
How could Saint Teddie, patron saint of Brazen Hussies, be such a psychotic?
16 posted on 09/04/2009 3:21:59 AM PDT by RoshYisrael
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To: BradtotheBone

Yeah right.
Teddy wasn’t drunk when he was responsible for Mary Jo’s death on Chappaquiddick, and I am tall dark and handsome and wear size 14 shoes.


17 posted on 09/04/2009 3:22:21 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (google; operation garden spot and REX84)
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To: Senator John Blutarski

Yeah... he was so haunted by this event that he joked about it over the years. (According to Joe Klein...)


18 posted on 09/04/2009 3:32:19 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: BradtotheBone
We know he lied about being drunk, so I figure that means the rest is Bull squirt too. He should’ve said he swerved to avoid a Big Foot. Much more believable than, Not Drunk!
19 posted on 09/04/2009 3:39:56 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: BradtotheBone

Phone records at the motel where he stayed that weekend show 47 calls after he made it back to his room. (But no calls to the cops.) 47 calls to lawyers and pals like Joe Gargan, who admitted Teddy begged him to take the blame for the accident....Gargan refused. Six feet of water, and he couldn’t get her out. He spent his entire life giving in to panic. One mess after another. He never took responsibility for anything, and he never paid one dime to the IRS, either. But thanks to him, we do, and how.


20 posted on 09/04/2009 3:43:12 AM PDT by hershey
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To: BradtotheBone
Like the old poem says: "For the want of a nail..."


21 posted on 09/04/2009 3:46:21 AM PDT by jws3sticks (Sarah Palin forever!)
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To: freekitty
Uh, you mean he is a natural-born democrat?
22 posted on 09/04/2009 3:50:36 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: BradtotheBone

Leave it to a Kennedy to lie from the grave while lying in the grave.


23 posted on 09/04/2009 3:53:06 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: BradtotheBone

Not Drunk, Not Romantic.
I guess that leaves dangerously reckless, coldly calculating, cheating to get ahead, chauvanistic, uncaring for others and without regard for human life.

That’s how I will remember Jack’s baby brother.


24 posted on 09/04/2009 4:01:31 AM PDT by rod1
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To: BradtotheBone
Sorry Ted:
You had ample time to answer and you didn't.
If not for your family's bootleg money you would have been arrested and most likely convicted of Murder. . .

I hope you have lots of Ice Water. You will need it.

25 posted on 09/04/2009 4:03:32 AM PDT by DeaconRed (You may be right I may be crazy. But I just might be the lunatic you're looking for.)
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To: Voter#537
One more thing Ted.
Say hi to Lucifer for me.
He almost got Voter#537.
I saw the light and escaped. . . . . . .
26 posted on 09/04/2009 4:07:46 AM PDT by DeaconRed (You may be right I may be crazy. But I just might be the lunatic you're looking for.)
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To: BradtotheBone

Has anybody read the story that Mary Jo was asleep in the backseat of the car.Ted left with another woman not knowing Mary Jo was there.Rosemary Keough’s purse was found in the car.


27 posted on 09/04/2009 4:09:41 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Senator John Blutarski

Exactly. Teddy paid someone else to take his Spanish exam.

In wonder if he even attended half his classes while there.

So he would have us believe that he was walking across Harvard Yard one day and stopped out of concern when he saw a poor student holding a sign that said...”will cheat for you for a new offshore bank account”. He was only being a good Kennedy Samaritan, “you know”.

or .....a group of “I like Ike” supporters accosted Teddy on Harvard Yard and threatened to beat him senseless unless he allowed one of them to take his Spanish exam the next day.


28 posted on 09/04/2009 4:10:12 AM PDT by rod1
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To: BradtotheBone

I didn’t believe him when he was alive. Why should I believe him after he’s dead?


29 posted on 09/04/2009 4:13:11 AM PDT by DejaJude
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To: Rummyfan

....and the publishing co. for releasing such teasers


30 posted on 09/04/2009 4:52:18 AM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT ("Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow"C.Coolidge)
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To: BradtotheBone
...and the senator claims he was cajoled into cheating on a Spanish test at Harvard by a buddy and didn't hatch the scheme that resulted in his expulsion.

Hatched by his Kennedyness or not, it was his academic standing that would have been enhanced by a successful perpetration of the fraud. His buddy would have got nothing but the satisfaction of “getting away with something”.

He may have lived 77 years, but he did not live ling enough to become a man.

31 posted on 09/04/2009 5:19:43 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Stephen Decatur: you want barrels of gunpowder as tribute, you must expect cannonballs with it.)
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To: BradtotheBone
I was led astray by the treachery of others......
32 posted on 09/04/2009 5:26:29 AM PDT by Feckless (The oath I took said "...all enemies, foreign and domestic".)
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To: ikka
My understanding of the party was that it involved a lot of alcohol and partying, and all the men were married, but none of the female campaign workers were. None of the men’s wives were present at the party. Draw your own conclusions.

Obviously the young ladies were being “mentored” in the ins and outs of political campaigns. That’s obvious from the facts above. After all, how can they be effective "campaign workers" if they haven't been trained properly?
33 posted on 09/04/2009 5:26:43 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Stephen Decatur: you want barrels of gunpowder as tribute, you must expect cannonballs with it.)
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To: BradtotheBone

“as well as the knowledge that the accident would hurt him politically.”

That’s the only true line in this statement.

All the rest is B.S.


34 posted on 09/04/2009 5:31:24 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: BradtotheBone
What a great big steaming


35 posted on 09/04/2009 5:36:53 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: BradtotheBone

It’s possible there was no romantic relationship. If there were, that would tend to cast aspersions on Ms.Kopechne as well as Senator Kennedy.

He does coyly omit any discussion of whether he was pursuing something romantic.


36 posted on 09/04/2009 6:26:40 AM PDT by murdoog ("Always love your country¬óbut never trust your government" Robert Novak)
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To: tdscpa

True.


37 posted on 09/04/2009 12:51:43 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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